For good measure, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport did toss some cold water on that by stating he spoke to a Cardinals source who said that trading Rosen was "ludicrous" and "not happening". Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics last summer, was expected to join them in spring training, but now he reportedly could test the National Football League waters.
Murray would need to make a decision within the next month even if he declared for the 2019 NFL Draft. (In reality, it'd be slightly higher, as draft bonuses in the National Football League increase incrementally each year just as they do in baseball.) As for fans hoping to see this generation's version of Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, the report from Slusser and Schulman flatly indicates that there's "no possibility" of Murray playing both sports.
Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser, who cover the Giants and A's respectively, reported Wednesday afternoon that Murray will have to pick between the two sports due to "the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the National Football League". Will Leitch, contributing editor to New York Magazine, thinks this trend could go beyond bowl games.
Sources also told ESPN that the A's expect to see Murray, whom they drafted in the first round a year ago, in spring training from mid-February until mid-March, then have him start his first professional baseball season at Class A Stockton.
Baseball looks like it will be losing a top athlete to the NFL. The Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick.
Murray plays center field in baseball and, obviously, can't still play for Oklahoma this spring. In 2016, the top two picks were dealt with the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns recouping a pair of first-rounders and several more early picks.
But about five minutes in, one question, in particular, stumped Murray. The Indianapolis Colts traded down from the third pick to the sixth pick in last year's draft and added three second-round picks for the trouble.